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RiverArts Clay Studio at Still Pond
RiverArts Clay Studio at Still Pond is located in The Arts at Still Pond Station, Worton, MD, a beautiful waterside location just a ten minute drive from Kent County High School. Our popular Clay Studio, the only one in our area, provides equipment and workspace for our many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.
Pottery classes include hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku, and the exploration of different glazing and firing techniques. We endeavor to inspire the creative forces in all of us, from beautiful vessels, gracefully formed on the potter’s wheel to imaginative hand-built forms, mosaics, and even porcelain painting. Many short workshops enable even the inexperienced to produce a personal piece of art you can show at home or present as a gift.
The Clay Studio workspace and equipment are available at scheduled times for class practice or individual work by community artists and potters with knowledge of studio technique.
Open Studio is usually Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12:30-3:30 pm, however experienced potters may arrange for access at other times. Free for enrolled students, $5 per day for others, everyone welcome!
Extra fees are charged for clay and glaze firings.
CLAY STUDIO CLASSES
The Potter’s Wheel
Marilee Schumann is again teaching the Potters Wheel. Classes are offered at the Clay Studio in Still Pond on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM or Wednesday mornings from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Winter session starts on January 14 and 15, and runs to March 4 and 5. Cost is $265.00. Members pay $230.00. Wear old clothes and be prepared to get dirty!
The Clay Studio draws from a talented pool of Eastern Shore artists for the majority of our classes. Special workshops by regionally and nationally known ceramics artists are scheduled on a regular basis. Please check our Clay Studio Classes page for current offerings.
Rick Bisgyer was surrounded by graceful curves of both fine ceramic art and sailboats in his youth. Inspired by his family’s collection of contemporary pottery he studeied ceramics in Washington, while choosing sailing as his first profession. Currently teaching for Baltimore Clayworks and RiverArts, Rick has juried into national shows as a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain for the last 10 years. He creates curving sails rising as a motif in his work, with inspiration drawn from his love of sailing.
Gia Campana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. In addition to local exhibits, she creates commissioned work for private clients. She has been a leader in developing the Clay Studio. Gia finds clay irresistible and imparts her love of the medium to students of all ages as she helps them transform their ideas into works of art.
Karen Douglas has loved working in clay since she was a teenager. She received a degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University where she took courses in wheel throwing. She continued her education with two internationally-known potters who insisted she start with handbuilding and at the same time was also introduced to raku. Karen became an administrator for Earthworks, a company that sold clay equipment. She also got involved with the Hand Workshop, a non-profit organization that specialized in clay. There she taught classes to adults and children. Karen still loves handbuilding and raku but of late is exploring how to print monotypes on clay.
Kay Jones of Cambridge, MD, discovered her love of ceramics after retirement, and has expanded her skills by studying specialized techniques with professional ceramic artists. She specializes in handbuilt forms. From Japanese tea bowls to colored porcelain, from slip trailing to wood firing, her studies have taken her around the US as well as to France and Italy. Kay sells her work in specialty shops and shares her love of ceramics by teaching adults and children at RiverArts, the Dorchester Center for the Arts, and private lessons.
Fran Phaneuf is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and has studied botanical painting in Great Britain with Anne Marie Evans and at Longwood Gardens, PA with Joan Frain. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Chanticleer, Morris Arboretum and other venues in the Philadelphia area.
Marilee Schumann has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Maryland and taught ceramics at Washington College in Chestertown. Functional and decorative ceramic vessels with contemporary style and elegant glazes are a specialty although her work encompasses cast metal, mixed media constructions and even rustic furniture. She has won awards for her sculpture and created a piece for Kofi Anan in his role as President of the U.N. She is co-owner of the Tree of Life Gallery in Chestertown, MD.
Jen Wagner of Easton owns and operates Jen Wagner Mosaics and is well-known for creating large-scale community murals, private commissions and gallery work. Her mosaics can be found in private collections, community organizations, schools, restaurants and salons across the region. In 2008, Wagner received the Beautification Award from Cambridge. MD. In 2009 What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine named her one of the “Top 12 People to Watch” and in 2011 she was named “Best Artist on the Upper Shore” by Maryland Life magazine.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CLAY STUDIO
RiverArts Clay Studio is located at the Arts at Still Pond Station, Still Pond Neck Rd., Worton, about 10 minutes from Kent County High School. A little north of Chestertown turn onto Rt 561 toward Lynch. Follow Rt 561 to the stop sign at the end of the road. Turn right onto Rt 298 and take the next left onto Clark Rd. Follow Clark Rd to the stop sign at Still Pond Neck Road. Turn left and continue several miles to the end of the road (it is a curvy road through the countryside). There is a sharp left turn after the Camp Tockwogh entrance. Go about one mile more, past the Coast Guard sign, to a low brick building at the end of the road. The entrance to Artworks Clay Studio is around back.